The following is a news release from The University of Southern Mississippi
Renowned biblical scholar and translator Dr. Joel M. Hoffman will present the lecture “The Bible Doesn’t Say That” Monday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. at The University of Southern Mississippi International Center, room 101. A book signing will follow Hoffman’s lecture, based on his recently published book by the same name. Hosted by the Department of Philosophy and Religion, this event is free and open to the public.
A popular speaker, Hoffman focuses on translation, Hebrew, and the Bible and is known for his fresh insights and interpretations about religious life in the 21st century. He has presented to churches, synagogues, community groups and university audiences throughout the world. He holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and has served on the faculties of Brandeis University and Hebrew Union College.
In his lecture, Hoffman will discuss mistranslations, misconceptions and other misunderstandings about the Bible. In 40 short, straightforward chapters, he covers morality, lifestyle, theology and biblical imagery.
Dr. David Holley, chairman of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, said people are often confident they know what the Bible teaches, but sometimes their interpretations are uninformed by knowledge of biblical languages or biblical history and culture.
“Careful scholarship sometimes reveals that the ancient texts mean something different from what you thought they meant,” Holley said. “Dr. Joel Hoffman brings his linguistic and historical knowledge to show for a popular audience why some common interpretations of biblical passages miss the mark. This talk should help you to be better informed when people use the Bible to support some view, and whether they are doing so in a responsible way.”
Hoffman’s visit to Southern Miss is coordinated through the Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life, which is dedicated to providing educational and rabbinic services, preserving the rich history of the Southern Jewish experience, sharing Jewish cultural and artistic programs, collaborating with other nonprofits and facilitating community engagement opportunities throughout a 13-state region.
For more information about this and other events in the College of Arts and Letters at Southern Miss, visit http://www.usm.edu/arts-letters.